#AM_Equality: June 15, 2021

by HRC Staff

#AM_Equality: HRC celebrates one-year anniversary of Bostock decision; HRC & White House join forces for COVID-19 vaccination campaign

HRC PRESIDENT CELEBRATES ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF SUPREME COURT BOSTOCK DECISION: “On this anniversary, we must commit ourselves to building upon the progress we have won and continuing to fight for full, legal equality,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid, he/him). “That means passing the Equality Act, which would go beyond Bostock and would guarantee comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people in all areas of life.” More from HRC.

HRC & WHITE HOUSE JOIN FORCES FOR COVID-19 VACCINATION CAMPAIGN: “Overcoming this pandemic is no small feat -- everyone has rallied through pain, isolation and uncertainty, but now is the time to double-down and fight the systemic barriers that are keeping communities from being vaccinated,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “The LGBTQ community still has concerns about vaccines and limited access to receiving one, especially LGBTQ people of color. LGBTQ affirming faith communities have always led in the fight for our civil rights, and now are fighting to make sure our communities are vaccinated and safe. May this effort lead us toward that long awaited moment of joining back together, safely and joyfully.” More from HRC and WHNT.

THOUSANDS RALLY IN BROOKLYN TO PROTEST ‘STATE OF EMERGENCY’ FOR TRANS YOUTH: On Sunday, several thousand people gathered in front of the Brooklyn Museum for the Brooklyn Liberation March in support of trans youth being targeted throughout the country. More from The New York Times.

LGBTQ RIGHTS AND LABOR RIGHTS ARE INTRINSICALLY LINKED: In an op-ed about the connection between labor rights and LGBTQ rights, the authors explain that the Equality Act would be “an important backstop against the current wave of state-level discriminatory legislation, by updating federal civil rights law to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It would also provide increased protections for people of color and people of all faiths.” More from The Hill.

BARACK OBAMA: GOP’S WAR ON TRANS PEOPLE ‘BREAKS MY HEART’: “These bills are doing real harm -- especially to young people -- whether they end up passing or not. Growing up is hard enough, and at some point we all struggle to find our place in the world,” said former President Barack Obama (@BarackObama). “I can’t imagine how difficult it is for young people to know that some leaders -- including people who are supposed to be representing you -- don’t think they deserve equal rights.” More from Metro Weekly.

DEADLY ATTACKS ON BLACK TRANS WOMEN ARE GOING UP. THIS GRIEVING MOM IS FIGHTING BACK: “Fatal violence disproportionately affects transgender women of color because they are at the intersections of racism, sexism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia,” HRC President Alphonso David told CNN. “And they, unfortunately, are receiving the brunt of the violence in this country.” More from The Philadelphia Tribune.

WE MUST NOT IGNORE LGBTQ VETERANS DURING PRIDE MONTH: In an opinion piece, Iraq war veteran Anthony Woods writes about the importance of the SAVE LIVES Act, which extended military healthcare benefits to the spouses of veterans. Woods called on the federal government to bring attention to the “unfinished business of… the federal government’s continued denial of benefits to thousands of LGBTQ veterans.” More from Washington Blade.

LGBTQ AMERICANS AREN’T FULLY COUNTED BY THE GOVERNMENT: Federal data account for race and ethnicity but fails to regard sexual orientation and gender identity. “We are invisible in federal statistics when it comes to some policymakers,” said Justin Nelson, co-founder and president of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. More from CNN.

📺 GET CULTURED

TOMORROW -- JOIN NAACP FOR THE ARTS CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT (ACE) FESTIVAL: Starting tomorrow, you can join the NAACP (@naacp) for the second Arts, Culture and Entertainment (ACE) Festival. This digital 3-day event will feature esteemed panelists including HRC President Alphonso David and rising Black talent. More from NAACP.

🎤 ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ ALUM DAVID ARCHULETA COMES OUT AS LGBTQ: ‘GOD MADE ME HOW I AM’: In an Instagram post David Archuleta (@DavidArchie) came out over the weekend sharing that he is a member of the LGBTQ community. More from USA Today.

THE PANDEMIC HIT LGBTQ YOUTH HARD. MANY TURNED TO TIKTOK: More from The San Francisco Chronicle.

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